Colo. Is Cool With Smoking Pot, Denver Still Wants You to Put a Towel Under the Door

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Oct. 14 2013 6:05 PM

Colo. Is Cool With Smoking Pot, Denver Still Wants You to Put a Towel Under the Door

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A man smokes marijuana at a pro-pot '4/20' celebration in front of the state capitol building April 20, 2010 in Denver, Colorado.

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Colorado is preparing for the grand opening of marijuana retail stores that don’t require a doctor’s note. In November of last year, Coloradans voted to approve Amendment 64, which legalized “the production, possession, and distribution of marijuana for recreational use,” as well as placed the onus of regulating it on local governments.

Some parts of the state, the Denver Post reports, are pretty fired up about the new industry: “Colorado's live-and-let-live mountain resort towns, including Telluride, Aspen, Crested Butte, Breckenridge and Steamboat Springs, are jumping on the opportunities opened up by Amendment 64 and are ready to add recreational marijuana outlets to the ski-town attractions of moguls and double-blacks.”

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In the Colorado capital of Denver, however, the local government says its cool with legalized recreational pot, but not that cool. Denver’s mayor, Michael Hancock, wants to introduce legislation that forces pot smokers back where they started–in their parents’ basements. Here's more on the city's towel-under-the-door legislation from the Associated Press:

Under an ordinance he plans to introduce Monday, possessing, smoking or giving away marijuana would be illegal in city parks, Denver's downtown pedestrian mall and recreational facilities. Smoking in a car or on private property the pot can be seen or smelled would also be barred.

Elliot Hannon is a writer in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter.